News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United host Aston Villa at Old Trafford this Saturday in the Premier League hoping to bounce back from their defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday.
United fans are claimed to be planning a flypast calling for David Moyes to be sacked this weekend over Old Trafford carrying the message ‘Wrong One – Moyes Out’ according to reports today.
If the arrangements go ahead, the ‘stunt’ will become the first major effort from fans to have the new manager removed since he arrived in June last year.
Meanwhile, The Telegraph reports that a ‘players’ revolt’ threatens Moyes’ job at Old Trafford with a number of first team stars and senior players rumoured to be unhappy with the boss.
This comes as breaking news today is that United’s Class of ’92 legends are plotting a takeover bid of the club, reportedly bankrolled by the oil-rich Qatari royal family.
However, another United legend Eric Cantona believes the Red Devils will challenge for titles next season under David Moyes and called for discontented fans to ‘wait and see’.
Former United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich is convinced rumours of a rift at Old Trafford are based in truth, asserting his belief that there are ‘definitely problems behind the scenes’ at Old Trafford.
Elsewhere, The Metro reports that Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal is ‘tipped’ to replace David Moyes after the World Cup in Brazil this summer. The Dutch coach has also previously been linked with Tottenham and Liverpool after revealing he wants to move to the Premier League.
In transfer news, United remain linked with Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay who was linked with a move to the champions last summer. The Mirror suggests the club could reignite their interest in the Argentine centre-back who could be the ideal replacement for outgoing captain Nemanja Vidic.
Club legend Bryan Robson believes the Europa League should be a top target for United this season and called for the team to give everything to qualify for the continent’s second tier competition.
"Maybe the Europa League is not as prestigious as the Champions League but it still has some of the best teams in Europe who have just missed out in their domestic leagues. As a former player, I think it would be a great achievement to win the Europa League," he said.
Former captain Roy Keane backs David Moyes but urged the club veterans to ‘step up’ – the Irishman called for Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs to help the manager through this difficult transitional period.
In other news, Birmingham City have re-signed United youngster Tom Thorpe on ‘emergency loan’ until the end of the season.
Midfield youngster Davide Petrucci has joined Charlton on loan until the end of the season.
Hartlepool have extended Jack Barmby’s loan from the Red Devils to run until the end of the season.